Native Advertising is Broken: Six Steps to Fix It

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Writing for HubSpot, I've explored what's wrong with current iterations of native advertising and what we can do to fix it. Native advertising, of course, all the rage these days. Companies like BuzzFeed and ShareThrough have based their business models on the notion that in-stream, organic-like content will save the day and finally allow everyone to retire those tired and underperforming banner ads to a nice tropical island far, far away.

In its current form, however, native advertising is destined to fail just like the banner ad failed. Why? Because most native advertising placements -- just like most banner ad placements -- are not structured with inbound marketing strategies that treat native advertising content creation as a starting point. Rather, the content is treated as the end point. In essence, most native advertising today is basically a branding play.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-29-13    
Topic: Online, Opinion



Saatchi Aims to Curb Cyber-Bullying With Browser Plug-In

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BBR Saatchi&Saatchi met with 15 teenagers from the StartupSeeds organization -- a program for nurturing technology -- oriented youth, in order to try and find a solution to a national (Israel) and worldwide problem -- cyber-bullying. Boycotts, harassments and offensive messages have caused many children emotional damage which in many cases has pushed them to end their lives tragically.

Out of dozens of ideas, the agency chose to focus on the cyber bully just before they write an offensive message on platforms like Facebook, blogs and forum. The agency created a Chrome browser plug-in that detects offensive words, and replaces them with positive ones.

Hmm. Getting an actual bully to install an actual plug-in that actually stops a bully from bullying is, well, a bit of wishful thinking. Just saying.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-18-13    
Topic: Online



Why 'Programmatic Premium' Media Buying Doesn't Work Today

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There's been a lot of discussion lately about "programmatic premium"- using machines to fully automate the purchase of premium advertising inventory. It seems like every conference lately has someone from Kellogg's on a panel saying programmatic premium is GR-R-REAT with very impressive statistics to support their claims.

The Ad Exchanges, DSPs, DMPs, SSPs, and various other TLAs (three letter acronyms) you see on Terry Kawaja's Display Lumascape have certainly been successful at automating the buying and selling of remnant inventory. But remnant inventory represents only a small slice of advertising spending. According to Mike Leo, CEO of Operative, only 18% of digital media advertising budget is spent through exchanges.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-29-13    
Topic: Online, Opinion, Tools



InstaCamp Brings Campfire, Christmas Carols to Your Digital Device

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Sometimes the simplest campaigns are the best campaigns. We'd venture to say that's the case with InstaCamp. Created by Denver-based LRXD for Kampgrounds of America, InstaCamp brings the visual pleasure and virtual warmth of a campfire along with relaxing Christmas music to your digital device.

Fire it up in the office. Fire it up at home. Fire it up while you're stuck at the airport on your way home for the holidays. Wherever you fire it up, it's pretty much guaranteed to calm your nerves at least for a little while.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-11-12    
Topic: Online



How Real Time Bidding Can Improve Your Display Advertising

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If you're creating online campaigns (from a creative or media standpoint) and you want to make sure you have the right creative on the right site with the right offer matched up to the right landing page, you might want to watch this interview with EngageBDR Client Services Director Andy Dhanik. In the interview, he talks about how his system can integrate with existing ad servers and optimize creative pairings (landing page, banner, purchased site). It's a bit technical but isn't everything about advertising these days? That said, don't toss it off. It matters.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-12    
Topic: Online, Tools, Video



MINI Test Drive Determines Favorite Coffee

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JWT Amsterdam developed a program for MINI whereby a fleet of MINIs travel to Netherlands-based offices, allow people to take a test drive and then, based on the person's driving style, offer them a suitable blend from coffee makers located in the trunk of the vehicle.

Companies can sign up to have the fleet come by on a website.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-28-12    
Topic: Guerilla, Online



Hot Guys Ask Women to Pick Favorite Flower

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Amsterdam-based Kingsday is employing some beekcake to appeal to women in a campaign that aims to get the ladies chatting about their favorite flower. Created for the Flower Council of Holland, the campaign takes women (or anyone who wants to) inside a virtual greenhouse where five jacked, shirtless men help find them find their favorite flower.

Visitors are presented with flower multiple flower choices until selections are narrowed down to a favorite.

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-12    
Topic: Online



Site Retargeting Increases Display Advertising Effectiveness 30 Percent

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So our occasional roving video reporter, Murray Newlands, attended Affiliate Summit in last month and interviewed Chris Smith, VP of Sales and Marketing for Think Realtime, a site retargeting company. Site retargeting is an online marketing technique that allows a brand to advertise to a person who has visited the brand's site after they leave by showing them display ads on other sites. This is achieved through cookie technology.

In the video, Smith claims many of the brands that work with Think Realtime see a "30 percent increase in the effectiveness of their display advertising."

Hey, it's not sexy, there's no cleavage but, seriously, when you get right down to it, you don't want sexy, you want revenue. Check out the video.

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by Murray Newlands    Sep-24-12    
Topic: Online, Tools, Video



Creative Circus Grad Creates High School Fun

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Help out an ad school grad. Rick Morrison is a recent graduate of Creative Circus. He and his friends have created a site highlighting the class. We'll Rick tell the story.

"We wanted to pay homage to our class--the biggest in school history--as well as show off everyone's individuality. So we created Creative Circus High School 2012, a fun, semi-ridiculous website for posterity and to introduce our class to all of you in the real world. Click the heads to hear our catch phrases and the names below for personal sites."

Check it out.

by Steve Hall    Sep-13-12    
Topic: Online



Spotify Track List Becomes Art Exhibit Invitation

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To promote an upcoming sound art and music installation exhibit, Bonniers Konsthall, a contemporary art gallery in Stockholm, created, with help from DDB Stockholm, a Spotify track list that became the invitation to a new exhibit, More Than Sound.

A target group of art critics and bloggers were emailed a personalized link to the track list that contained the invitation (made up by the track titles) and music, created by experimental music producer Hans Berg, which consisted of music samples from the exhibit.

Inventive.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 7-12    
Topic: Direct, Online










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